I chose 2011 Domaine Comte Abbatucci - Ajaccio Fuastine Blanc to drink with our meal. From Corsica, France, the wine is crafted from 100% Vermntino grapes, by the very passionate owner and winemaker Jean-Charles Abbatucci. In addition to his wines being certified biodynamic, to keep his vines happy, he’s known to drive his tractor out to his vineyards and play traditional Corsican polyphonic songs over loudspeakers for their benefit. After the harvest he treats his cellar to the same music. I don't know if this makes any difference, but I can tell you that his wines are absolutely round and delicious as this was today. It possessed a diamond like sparkle in the glass and on the palate was, clean, crisp, fresh, with great balance and acidity. It got better with each sip. Clearly a wine with lots and lots of soul. We enjoyed it so much that we ordered a second bottle to drink with the balance of our lunch. $41 at 56º Wine. You might also want to check out his 2011 Ajaccio Rouge "Cuvée Faustine”, a red wine made from the native Corsican grapes Sciaccarellu and Niellucciu. I had a bottle a couple of months ago and it was superb with pristine fruit, balance, great acidity and a long elegant finish. Also available at 56º Wine for about the same price.
I sung the praises of David Pasternack in September in my post, Lunch at Esca. Below are the other dishes he prepared for us today.
Baked Clams are a must at Esca. They simply have no peer. They are always plump, tender and briny. David varies the stuffing from time to time. On this occasion small cubes of apples and soppressata were added to his homemade breadcrumbs before baking. Devine!
Another must here are the pasta dishes. Today we had a menu standard, Spaghetti with a one pound lobster, chilis and mint (below right) and the pasta special of the day, house made Buccatini pasta with gulf shrimps, arugola and tuna/tomato ragu. Tony cleaned his plate of spaghetti, while Jerry and I did the same with our Buccatini.